Battle of Midway, sixty-two years ago today

The battle that stopped Japan dead in her tracks began on this day in 1942.

For what it’s worth, my favorite telling of the story is Walter Lord’s INCREDIBLE VICTORY. I first read it in junior high, and have been enthralled with the events of those days ever since. I recently picked up a hardcover first edition (just like the battered old school library copy I read in seventh grade) on eBay for a couple of bucks.

INCREDIBLE VICTORY isn’t filled with a lot of technical military terms or jargon. Die hards might find this a bit disappointing, along with an almost total absence of detailed analysis of the machines that men used to fight the battles, but it is written in an easy-to-read, almost novelistic style that engages the mind and makes envisioning those great and terrible events much easier.

I know that all the attention is on the 60th anniversary of D-Day this weekend, and rightly so. But I didn’t want the turning point in the Pacific War to pass unnoticed.


  1. I suggest Sole Survivor, by George Gay as a must read. It is hard to find, but worth the effort.